Samuel Reshevsky would have turned 100 today
26.11.2011 – On November 26, 1911, in a town near Lódz, Poland, little Sammy was born. He learnt chess at four and at eight was supporting the family, which had moved to the USA, with simuls and games against masters. Samuel Herman Reshevsky went on to a professional chess career spanning seventy years, and was considered by his arch rival Bobby Fischer one of the greatest of all time.
Samuel Reshevsky, 1911–1992
Samuel Herman Reshevsky, born Szmul Rzeszewski on November 26, 1911, Ozorków near Lódz, (today Poland), died in April 1992 in New York City (see his New York Times obituary). "Sammy", as was always simply known, was possibly the greatest child prodigy in the game. He learned chess at the age of four, and at eight was giving simultaneous exhibitions and beating masters with ease. When he was eight his parents took him to the U.S. to make a living exhibiting their child.